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SaltwaterCowboy

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Location : Okinawa, Japan
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PostSubject: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:43 am

I've got a friend over on another website who knew I was lacking in the pipe department, especially with my household goods still floating in the middle of the Pacific inbound for Japan, so he sent me this old Dr. Grabow Duke. It's clearly been enjoyed, he acquired it from someone else and it just seems to be a world traveler now.


This is how the bowl is looking now after 45 minutes over the sink with some 120 grit sandpaper (too cold & dark here to do this outside):


Once my 1000, 1200 and 2000 grit sandpapers come in, those scratch marks will slowly disappear, then I'll be taking my dremel when it gets here on Friday and I'll be rusticating parts of the bowl. I haven't yet decided on a pattern or location, but I've got various ideas from a swirl leading from the bottom of the bowl all the way to the top, to just a nice 7/16" thick rustication around the bottom 1/4" of the rim of the bowl.

One thing I'm going to do with this pipe is I'm going to apply Jim Beam whiskey to the exterior to stain it. Yep, because whiskeys stain hardwood floors and barrels, I figure they can stain a pipe, so I'm going to experiment with that... then it will have a coat or two of carnuba wax.

If you look carefully on the far right of the stem, there's a slight crack, but it doesn't seem to impede anything, so I'm not going to mess with it.

I'll keep this updated as I go along.


Last edited by SaltwaterCowboy on Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:45 am; edited 1 time in total
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PostSubject: Re: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:21 am

You see to be on a good start, I can't wait to see the whiskey stain
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PostSubject: Re: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:20 pm

Just don't use saki. That smell would never go away. Especially if you've been letting a fistful of raisins soak in the saki bottle for a month or more. Good stuff...it will pick you up and sling you sideways....but that smell.....hoooooLAW!
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PostSubject: Re: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:07 pm

I just finished sanding on a pipe when i read this. I'm waiting to see your whisky stain results before i finish mine. Sounds interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:33 pm

look forward to the results
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PostSubject: Re: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:33 am

Ok, back with some updates.

When yall first saw that pipe sanded down it was at about a hundred grit or so. I finally located a store on the island that sells sandpaper in any grit you could imagine, from 80 all the way up to 2000. Wow that took me forever!!

Got to looking at it and decided it could use a light sanding, and in the process I noticed as I went along the bowl, the whiskey had darkened the surface of the wood. This was kind of interesting because it had been allowed to dry for about 12 hours while I was at work.

So, I gather that with the 10 applications of whiskey, it did in fact darken the wood just slightly, but only marginally and I only noticed that after I had sanded.

I will post pictures for comparison sake tomorrow, got my pup in my arms and the vet did a number on him today with shots and all. Hate to wake him up now.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:44 am

I apologize for the delay in posting these pictures, I got floored with a cold and our household goods finally came in from California today. Busy busy busy!


Weather the whiskey really had any obvious effects on it or not is left to be seen, but here's how that old pipe got a new lease on life after a little elbow grease. Now to find some carnuba wax on the island and I think it'll be finished.

So for comparison sake, a different picture of the old:








Now here's a question, would any of you try rusticating a ring around the bowl, maybe right below the rim and 1/4 inch wide all the way around or should I leave this as is?
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PostSubject: Re: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:23 am

Personally I would leave it as is, BUT you are using it as a "test" pipe so why not go all the way and try your hand at rustication. How's that for being non committal !cheers

I like the whiskey stain. I'm interested to hear if you get some flavoring while smoking it.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviving the Old Duke [new pictures up]   Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:09 am

Is there a specific standard for rustication or is it pretty much up to whoever is doing the job?

I'm thinking of either using my dremel and a wood burning kit or just using the wood burning kit and an appropriate bit.
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